Japanese Type 30 Bayonet (Matsushita Kinzoku)
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This Type 30 Bayonet was made by Matsushita Kinzoku, is typical of the ones during the later part of WWII. As the war progressed, and the tide turned against the Japanese, the production of both rifles and bayonets were simplified for speed of production. This bayonet has the square type pommel, the blade is unfullered, the handle is held in place with 2 rivets, and was issued in a wooden scabbard with steel tip and chape with the wood bound at 2 points with string.
This bayonet is in very good condition with much of its original blue, good condition handle, and the original green painted scabbard. All parts of this bayonet and scabbard show the less care paid to the final finish and more to the speed of production.
Introduced in 1897 for use with the Type 30 rifle, although no official designation for these bayonets has been found, they are commonly referred to as the Type 30. The Type 30 bayonet had a 394mm polished blade, a crossguard with hooked quillion, contoured wood grips held by screws, and a contoured birdshead pommel. Production of the bayonet remained virtually unchanged until the outbreak of the Second World War, throughout which variations, of which over 100 have been catalogued, were made to the design to facilitate production. The Type 30 bayonet was used on all Japanese rifles and carbines, with the exception of the Type 44 carbine (which utilized a folding bayonet), until the end of the Second World War.
|Weight||0.54 Kg||1 lb 3 oz|
|Fits||Arisaka Rifles & Carbines|